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Buff Orpington Inactive Member17 Nov 2009 2:07 p.m. PST

I've just one an auction on Ebay UK. The seller (a TMP member) has some other stuff I'm interested in. What I normally do in this situation is send him a message asking if it's ok to wait a couple of days to see if we can combine the lot I won with any others I might get.
This time I click on the 'contact seller' button and I get 2 options. I can try asking "where is my item?" but a comment points out that I have to pay for it first. The other option is "how do I cancel my purchase?". No other communication is possible.
Brandlin, if you read this I'll be in touch in a day or two.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member17 Nov 2009 2:31 p.m. PST

Ebay is getting stupid. They are now telling people how much postage they can charge and for books it's nothing. You can put other options in, but that's a lot of hassle. So, several books from same seller and want reduction for multiple purchase? how do you reduce zero postage? So it goes on the price, Ebay picks up a bigger percentage of the price, so asking price goes up….

I've also put a couple of things on ebay myself as a practice run. If worthwhile, I'll put more things on. Is it worth it? I didn't find their system of putting things out all that easy, so not sure about that side, as to the things on sale might get the fact that Garrison is still around a bit more widely known, we'll see.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Nov 2009 2:54 p.m. PST

I thought was a free shipping site now, so there would be no need to ask about combining postage that doesn't exsist…

unknown member17 Nov 2009 3:51 p.m. PST

Buff, I'm sure they only recently messed this part up. If you do an advanced search then on the left hand side of the screen you are given the option to find a member, once you have entered their username and found them you should then be able to send them a message. Bit of a botch job but should do what you need.

unknown member17 Nov 2009 3:52 p.m. PST

And thankfully (for me) the wargames items aren't free postage yet, give them time though…

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2009 4:37 p.m. PST

Buff… I noticed this new change last week. I bought a car and wanted to arrange with the seller a convenient time to collect it. Very helpful new system!

They've not thought it through!

Dropzonetoe Fezian18 Nov 2009 7:03 a.m. PST

Wow, I stopped using ebay back when they changed the feedback system. I am not surprised it kept getting worse. I mean you keep limiting what people do… Less income, charge more, less people. Nice cycle they got themselves into.

I miss the days of when it wasn't all powerseller stores and it was the global yardsale.

Stronty Girl Fezian Inactive Member18 Nov 2009 7:09 a.m. PST

Er… so if you are not allowed to charge postage, then presumably you add it to the starting bid price of the book? Thus if I want to sell a book I have to decide which area of the world I no longer like?

A 250g book would cost £1.62 GBP to post first class in the UK.
The same book would be £3.64 GBP printed paper rate to Australia.

So does ebay expect us to overcharge domestic buyers, or to lose money sending things to Oz, or to pretend the rest of the world no longer exists?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2009 8:41 a.m. PST

I haven't really done ebay in a while. I don't like the idea of auctions anyway. There is probably something better out there now.

WarWizard18 Nov 2009 8:51 a.m. PST

Not sure if you guys already saw this, but there is a new site for buying, selling and auctioning toy soldiers, wargame figures, etc.

It just started a few weeks ago. It is run by Treefrog Treasures. It has only been up a few weeks:

doublesix6619 Nov 2009 7:43 a.m. PST

"Er… so if you are not allowed to charge postage, then presumably you add it to the starting bid price of the book?"

Yep that's right they basically saw that books were selling for 99p etc but the postage was £2.00 GBP so they through how can we make more money, oh I know make the seller offer free P&P so they have to make the starting bid higher (so pay more listing fees) and then at the end they will have to pay more because they are now effectively selling for more and wait for it we get more money by taking a fee for using Paypal as well…

Gearhead Inactive Member23 Nov 2009 2:54 p.m. PST

Bah. I dumped eBay almost two years ago, and I haven't regretted it for a moment. I sold very heavily on WargamesMarket for a year and a half, did about $1,500 in sales, and it only cost me (no joke) about $25. USD Since the beginning of my Househunting Clearance Sale, I've been using TMP, Bartertown, and DakkaDakka with very nice results.

The eBay/PayPal duo is just plain wrong, and their rules just keep getting dumber. I'm surprised I haven't heard more people complaining about the fact that they get a cut of our shipping charges!

I hope ChangingGuardAuctions does well; any new auction site has a lot going against it, especially hordes of nay-sayers who won't try it because they think eBay's where all the buyers are, thus feeding into the problem by not putting anything to ATTRACT said buyers.

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